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International Business Law

Program Overview

This one-year, full-time Professional LLM program is designed to give law graduates and lawyers from around the world advanced training in international business law. Award-winning faculty teach the latest developments in international trade law, international finance, international business transactions, taxation of cross-border transactions and other related topics.

The program provides you with knowledge in critical, core international business law courses while allowing you the opportunity to pursue your academic interests through elective LLM and JD courses. You may also have the opportunity to gain exposure to the North American legal workplace and apply your knowledge and skills through our popular internship program. As part of the Osgoode community, you’ll also benefit from academic and career supports to help you achieve your goals.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits:

  • 6 credits are drawn from required courses in Legal Research and Writing (3 credits) and Introduction to Canadian Law (3 credits)
  • 21 credits are drawn from a selection of the International Business Law core courses, including:
    • International Business Transactions (6 credits)
    • International Finance (3 credits)
    • Taxation of Cross-Border Transactions (6 credits)
    • International Trade Law (6 credits)
    • International Commercial Arbitration (6 credits)
    • International Sales Law (3 credits)
  • 9 elective credits are drawn from remaining International Business Law core courses, complementary LLM specializations and/or select upper year JD courses

You are also required to complete a minimum 30 page research paper as part of your degree. You may complete the research paper requirement by either:

  • Submitting a 30 page Significant Research Paper as a form of evaluation in at least one course
  • Completing an Independent Significant Research Paper [3 credits] (30 pages); or
  • Completing a Major Research Paper [6 credits] (70 pages)

Some students will also be required to take our summer preparatory courses. These courses are generally required for students who have completed their law degree in a country other than the U.S. or the U.K.

Program Format

The LLM in International Business Law is available only as full-time program. The program starts either in early July or early August depending on whether you are required to take one of our preparatory courses. While some students complete their program requirements by late spring, many take a full year and complete the program in August.

LLM courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Attendance in-person in Toronto is required. Learn more about living in Toronto.


Anti-Money Laundering and International Country Sanctions - Global Regulatory Challenges

Contracts for Business

Independent Significant Research Paper

International Business Law Internship

International Business Transactions

International Commercial Arbitration

International Commercial Banking

International Finance

International Sales Law

International Trade Law

Introduction to Canadian Law

Legal Research and Writing for International Students

LLM Preparatory Course for International Students

Taxation of Cross-border Transactions

Program Start Date

Summer 2017

Program Schedule

Program Director(s)

  • Jinyan Li -

    Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School


Program electives are taught by Osgoode's full-time and adjunct JD faculty.

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Electives may be chosen from remaining International Business Law Core courses and/or selected courses offered through other complementary LLM specializations or the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Elective courses can be chosen from our other Professional LLM specializations including Business, Intellectual Property, and Securities Law, as well as core Canadian law courses designed to meet the requirements of the National Committee of Accreditation (NCA) offered through the Canadian Common Law specialization. Certain elective courses have prerequisite requirements. Students wishing to take NCA-approved courses must meet the minimum language requirement for the LLM in Canadian Common Law.

LLM students in JD courses will complete one or more assignments or modified exams to reflect graduate-level participation. Upper Year JD courses each count for 3 credits towards the LLM program requirements. The following courses are not available for LLM students

  • First-year JD courses
  • Moots and other experiential education programs
  • Courses in other Faculties

Note that not all courses are offered every year, and that Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice


Optional Internship

One of the popular features of our LLM in International Business Law is the opportunity for you to apply for internship placements. The internship is an elective two-month course in the summer term following completion of the IBL coursework. Because internship hosts select candidates as part of a formal interview process, we help you prepare your application materials and become familiar with Canadian interview protocols. We also provide information and supporting documents for necessary work visas.

The following are examples of the types of work that you are expected to perform while on internship: legal research and writing, reviewing and summarizing documents and files, taking notes of meetings, legal drafting, and help with translation and interpretation of documents.

A sample of past student placements is set out below:

Law Firms

  • Bennett Jones LLP
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • McMillan LLP
  • Shibley Righton LLP
  • Axess Law
  • Diana Young Professional Corporation
  • Jones & Co.
  • Lozano Law Office

In-House Companies/Organizations

  • Legal Services Division of the Ministry of Attorney General Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Ministries of Energy, Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and Research and Innovation
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Sears Canada Inc.
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • CitiBank



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